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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 21, 2011 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers...and that muffled sound

Couldn't agree more, and your analogy is spot on.

My pet peeve after Mickey rejoins - so many shows throughout the 80s, the drums sound like they're in a padded room. Instead of being a driving rhythmic force, they sound more like background. I'm spoiled by Billy's clean sound circa 71-74. As for 76 through 78, the drums at least are prominent, even if less jazzy, and more heavy. Since I didn't attend shows post 79, the question is, did it sound better at the show? A lot of the SBDs (and auds for that matter) don't do them justice.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 21, 2011 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers...and that muffled sound

As most of the later era shows were at larger arenas where I dont care how many drummers you have, it's gonna sound muddied. A good SBD tape might give you some seperation, but live it was hard to tell them apart except for Drums. That might be another reason for the regular insertion of this section: the one chance for each drummer to show off his distinct skill set.

As I've said before, I don't want to take away from Mickey's talent at all. I seek him as more of a Picasso, painting scenes of multi-colored forms and shapes, somehow melding them to create a singular piece. Billy, on the other hand, I see more as a Rembrandt; creating works of incredible detail and form that while precise and controlled, still contain immense feeling and emotion.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-06-21 18:28:25

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Poster: BVD Date: Jun 21, 2011 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers...and that muffled sound

Post hiatus for the most part Mickey just got in the way. Billy's drumming always reminded me of Mitch Mitchell...quick,clean and precise. My two cents fwiw

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 21, 2011 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Two drummers...and that muffled sound

Very prominent on 11/24/79. I was just listening to that again, and in light of this conversation was struck by the power and intensity of the two drums. Maybe that's an example of a SBD capturing what they could sound like "non-muffled."

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